Danish beer giant Carlsberg has published designs for what it claims is the first beer paper bottle made from sustainable and recyclable wood fibers.
The bottle is part of Carlsberg’s Together Towards Zero initiative, which includes a commitment to achieving zero carbon emissions and a 30% reduction in its “total value chain carbon footprint” by 2030.
The brewery has released two prototypes for its green fiber bottle. Both are made from sustainably sourced wood fibers and have an “inner barrier” that allows the bottle to hold the beer. One uses a thin film of recycled PET polymer, while the other has a bio-based PEF polymer film.
Carlsberg initially launched the plans for the project in 2015, working together with EcoXpac, BillerudKorsnäs and post-doctoral researchers from the Technical University of Denmark. This collaboration has resulted in the creation of the Paboco paper bottle company, a joint venture between BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist ALPLA.
Companies that also work with Paboco include Absolut, Coca-Cola, and L’Oréal. Last year, Carlsberg invested in a number of other sustainable solutions, including recycled shrink film, greener label ink and the Snap Pack, which replaces plastic packaging for its six-pack.
We continue to innovate in all of our packaging formats and are pleased with the progress we have made so far with the green fiber bottle. Although not completely finished yet, the two prototypes are an important step towards our ultimate ambition to bring this design to market. Innovation takes time and we will continue to collaborate with leading experts to overcome remaining technical challenges, just as we did with our plastic reducer Snap Pack.
Myriam Shingleton, Vice President of Development Carlsberg Group.
Working with our partners since 2015 on the Green Fiber Bottle illustrates that this type of innovation develops when we work together. We are delighted that other like-minded companies have joined us as part of the Paboco paper bottle community. Partnerships of this kind, united by the desire to create sustainable innovations, are the best way to achieve real change.
The news is that Scottish lager brand Tennent’s has invested £ 14.2 million in sustainable initiatives including eliminating plastic packaging, using green energy and applying waste management practices.
Starting in spring 2020, Tennent’s lager beer cans will be packaged in cardboard rather than plastic, with the plastic rings and shrink wrap phasing out. This will result in 150 tons less plastic produced per year. Tennent’s has become the first brewery to join the UK Plastics Pact, which aims to ban the use of single-use plastic in packaging by 2021.